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Celebrate Earth Day 2009 by Volunteering Time at Yolo County’s Clarksburg River Park
April 9, 2009
By Beth Gabor, Yolo County Public Information Officer

Clarksburg River ParkLooking for a way to celebrate Earth Day this year? Why not come down to the Yolo County Clarksburg River Park on Saturday, April 25 and volunteer your time to help plant native plants and clean up the river bank, while enjoying the beautiful scenery along the river. You can be part of a statewide effort – the California State Parks Foundation’s Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup program – which brings thousands of volunteers throughout the state together to restore wildlife habitat, build or restore trails, and clean up parklands.

This program was developed in 1998, with major funding from PG&E, to engage Californians of all ages and demographics in environmental improvement projects in their communities. On Saturday, April 25, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the Yolo County Parks & Resources Department, in partnership with PG&E, will be celebrating Earth Day at the Yolo County Clarksburg River Park along the bank of the Sacramento River – three miles south of Clarksburg (38125 S. River Road). The day’s activities will include planting native grasses and shrubs, and installing an irrigation system which will help establish the plants as part of a habitat restoration project. Additional work will include trash pickup along the levee banks adjacent to the park.

The Clarksburg River Park is approximately four acres in size and offers the public paved parking, a paved boat ramp to access the river, sanitary facilities and bank-side access for fishing, sightseeing, nature study and picnicking. Yolo County has benefitted from the California State Parks Foundation Earth Day program for the past three years with successful projects at Putah Creek public access sites near Winters, Elkhorn Regional Park near West Sacramento, and Grasslands Park near Davis.

The California State Parks Foundation’s Earth Day program provides much needed funding and volunteer muscle to help make long overdue park improvements throughout California. At the same time, the program serves to educate the next generation of environmental stewards, as volunteers learn ways to protect and preserve parklands and open spaces in their communities. Over the past 12 years, this massive event has mobilized over 63,000 Californians statewide. Hundreds of miles of trails have been restored; thousands of native trees and flowers planted; dozens of recycling bins installed; and tons of trash and debris removed from fragile wildlife habitats, beachfronts and estuaries. The cumulative effect of all this good work will be felt by generations to come.

Outside Earth Day activities, the Yolo County Parks & Resources Department is responsible for the management of Yolo County’s natural resources which include water, sand and gravel, and it manages and maintains 17 properties, totaling 1,823 acres of parks and open space throughout Yolo County, including the Gibson Historical Museum, six parks, four playgrounds, three boat ramps and a campground. For more information on Yolo County Parks & Resources visit www.yolocounty.org (go to Government > Parks & Resources).

Those wishing to volunteer with the California State Parks Foundation’s Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup project at the Clarksburg River Park are encouraged to arrive by 8:00 a.m. and to bring gloves, hats, sunscreen, mosquito repellant, hand trowels to plant grass plugs and shovels to plant native shrubs. Trash bags will be provided. The work will continue until 1:00 p.m. Volunteers are asked to log onto the California State Parks Foundation Web site (http://calparks.org/programs/earth-day/) and register for the event.